2016- Ph.D. Anthropology, Brown University
Committee: Katherine Mason (chair); Matthew Gutmann; Bhrigupati Singh; Denise Brennan (external reader; Georgetown University)
Tentative Dissertation: Sexualizing Transactional Sex: Pleasure, Desire, Intimacy, and Love of Men Who Sell Sex in Contemporary China
Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in Collaborative Humanities
Graduate Certificate Program in Gender and Sexuality
2018- M.PH School of Public Health
Committee: Don Operario (advisor); Phil Chan (reader)
2018 M.A. Anthropology, Brown University
Thesis: Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in Contemporary Urban China
2015 M.S. Education, Culture & Society, University of Pennsylvania
Thesis: Desire, Cosmopolitanism, and Neoliberalism: College Women Students as Sex Workers in Post-socialist China
2014 B.A. English, Renmin University of China
Thesis: Trapped in the Double-Identity as Consumer and Commodity: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth
2012-2013 N/A Humanities, University of Chicago (exchange program)
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & HONORS
2019 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
2019 China Initiative Dissertation Award, Watson Institute, Brown University
2019 UAA Professional Development Workshop for Grad Students, Urban Affairs Association and Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group (attendance competitively awarded)
2019 Open Graduate Education Travel Award, Brown University ($1,500)
2018 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Predissertation Summer Grant, American Council of Learned Societies ($5,000)
2017-2018 Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Open Graduate Education Program, Brown University ($156,000)
2017-2018 Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Collaborative Humanities, The Cogut Institute for the Humanities ($78,000)
2017-2018 IHS PhD Scholarship, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University ($1,500)
2017 Global Mobility Research Fellowship, Brown University ($9,000)
2017 Conference Travel Fund, Brown University ($650)
2017 Ford Foundation Conference and Workshop Grant, the Institute for Sexuality and Gender (for attendance of the 2017 International Conference of Sexuality in China) ($500)
2017 International Travel Fund, Brown University ($1,000)
2017 Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University ($1,000)
2017 Graduate Research Travel Grant, Brown University ($1,800)
2016 Global Health Scholarship, Global Health Initiative, Brown University ($3,500)
2016 Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship, UC Irvine ($10,000; declined)
2016 The Jefferson Fellowship, University of Virginia ($150,000; declined)
2014-2015 Penn GSE Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)
2014-2015 Margaret Mead Fellowship, Columbia University ($15,120; declined)
2013 Hong Kong Xin’shan (信善) Scholarship, Renmin University of China ($200)
2012-2013 Presidential Scholarship, Renmin University of China ($16,000)
2011-2012 Award for Outstanding Campus Service, Renmin University of China
2011 Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Renmin University of China
Forthcoming Male-Male Transactional Sex and Smartphone Apps in Contemporary Urban China: The Status Quo and Directions for Future Research. Accepted, invited submission to Male Sex Work and Society(Eds: Scott, J., Minichiello, V., Bimbi, D., & Grov, C.). Harrington Park Press(distributed by Columbia University Press).
2018 《性工作还是交易性?: 对于用辞的反思及其他》(Sex Work or Transactional Sex?: Reflections on Terminology and Beyond). In Y. Huang & S. Pan (Eds.), 《积淀与反思: 中国 “性” 研究》(Accretion and Reflection: Sexuality Studies of China) (pp. 179-89). Hong Kong: 1908 Inc.
2018 Review of Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life (Aihwa Ong. Durham: Duke University Press). Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.
2017 Review of Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Post-Socialist China (Tiantian Zheng. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press). Medical Anthropology Quarterly. First published July 6, 2017. (Invited Review)
2018 Awakening Awareness-es of Gender Equity in China. China Policy Institute Analysis: The Online Journal of the China Policy Institute. First published online on Jan. 31th, 2018 at https://cpianalysis.org/2018/01/31/awakening-awareness- es-of-gender-equity-in-china/. (Invited article)
2017 Commercial Sex among Men in China. China Policy Institute Analysis: The Online Journal of the China Policy Institute. First published online on Sep. 29th, 2017 at https://cpianalysis.org/2017/09/29/commercial-sex-among-men-in-china/. (Invited article)
2017 How China’s Male Sex Workers Mix Business with Pleasure. SixthTone. First published online on Sep. 4th, 2017 at http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000797/how-chinas-male-sex-workers-mix-business-with-pleasure? from=timeline&isappinstalled=0. (Invited article)
Works in Progress
Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in Contemporary Urban China.In preparation for submission to Public Culture.
Queer Cannibalistic Desire: Bug Chasing, Male Pregnancy, and the Erotic Fetishism of Consumption. In early stage research and writing.
A Plethora of Gay Male Identities in Urban China: Place, Geo-locative Technologies, and the Internal Hierarchy. In preparation for submission to American Ethnologist.
2019 Queer Society and Technology in China. Talk delivered for Let’s Talk China, Brown University, Providence, RI, April 17th.
2018 The Futurity of Queer Politics: Sex, Drugs, and Perverts/Perversions. Lecture delivered for IvyQ: Annual LGBTQ+ Undergraduate Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI., November 2nd.
2018 Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in Contemporary Urban China. Lecture delivered for Anthropology of Gender and Sex, Department of Anthropology, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI., February 28th.
CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
Note: Abstracts are available on https://brown.academia.edu/YifengCai.
2018 Anthropological Engagements with Queer Theories, Part I, II, & III. Panel series at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA, November 14th.
2017 Queering Futures: Futures as Forces, Futures as Products, the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., Dec. 1st.
2019 Digital Technologies, Social Groups, and Hierarchies: An Ethnographic Investigation of Queer Urban Socialities in Contemporary China. Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Los Angeles, CA., April 24-27th.
2019 Queer(ing) Exchange Relation among and through Chinese Tongzhi: Apps, Sex, Money, and the Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit in Urban China. Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Denver, CO., March 21-24th.
2018 Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: Queer(ing) Transactional Sex among Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M) in Contemporary Urban China. Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA., November 14th.
2018 Transactional Queer Cartography: Mapping Intimacy through Men Who Sell Sex to Men in Contemporary Urban China. Paper presented at Crossroads 2018, Association for Cultural Studies, Shanghai, China, August 12th-15th.
2018 “Disobedient Subjects” and the Promise of “Good Life”: HIV/AIDS, Sex, and Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Urban China. Paper presented at the joint 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA., April 4th.
2018 M$M (Men Who Sell Sex to Men) as an Epidemiologic Concept: Broadening and Rethinking the “Risk Population” for HIV/AIDS Intervention. Poster for the Global Health Research Day by the Global Health Initiative and Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI. April 26.
2017 “Why Do You Think You Are Any Different”: Reflections from the Field with Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M) in Contemporary China. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., November 29th.
2017 Chinese Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M): Transactional Sex as a Way of Life in Contemporary China. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Puerto Rico, November 9th.
2017 Oppression, Work, or Life: A Reflection on Transactional Sex among Men (压迫、工作、抑或生活：对男男性交易的反 思). Paper presented at the International Conference on Sexualities in China, The Institute of Sexuality and Gender at Renmin University of China & Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China, July 4th.
Invited Workshop Participant
2018 Social Lives of Keywords: Cultural Studies and China, The Chinese-English Keywords Project & Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, August 15th-17th.
2017 Advanced Topics in Liberty: Origins of Capitalism, the Institute for Humane Studies and Liberty Fund, Inc., Arlington, VA, Sep. 15-17.
2018 Ethnographic research on transactional sex, gay hook-up apps, “chemsex” (substance use) in Shanghai; Supervisor: Prof. Katherine Mason, Brown University (Funded by ACLS and the Graduate School of Brown University)
2017 Ethnographic research with men who sell sex to men in Shanghai (independent); Supervisor: Prof. Katherine Mason, Brown University (Funded by Global Health Initiative and the Graduate School of Brown University)
2016 Ethnographic research project with male erotic dancers in Philadelphia (independent); Supervisor: Dr. Rachel Throop, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Sociolinguistic project in a Philadelphian suburban high school (collaborative); Supervisor: Prof. Betsy Rymes, University of Pennsylvania
2014 Preliminary linguistic anthropology project (collaborative); Supervisor: Prof. Stanton Wortham, University of Pennsylvania
2019 Seminar in Course Design, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University
2017 Seminar in Reflective Teaching, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University
2016 Facilitating Learning Online, School of Professional Studies, Brown University
2018. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (TA for Dr. Bhrigupati Singh)
2015-2016 Special Ed. Teaching Assistant, FACTS Charter School, Philadelphia, PA 19123
2014-2015 Graduate Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104
2014 ESL Teaching Assistant, Halcyon Education, Beijing, China
2013 Assistant Economic Analyst, China’s International Publishing Group, Beijing, China
2018- Association for Cultural Studies
2016- American Anthropological Association
2018- Society for Psychological Anthropology
2016- Association for Queer Anthropology
2016- Society for Medical Anthropology
2017- Association for Asian Studies
Mandarin (native fluency); Cantonese (native fluency); English (advanced)
2017-2018 Student Representative at Department Faculty Meeting, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
2015-2016 Graduate Assistant, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Katherine Mason
Department of Anthropology, Brown University
Dr. Matthew Gutmann
Department of Anthropology, Brown University
Dr. Jaesok Kim
Department of Anthropology, Seoul National University